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Hiking the Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye

Overview

In Scotland, a realm of mist-shrouded crags, heathered moors, and brooding castles, we’ve designed a hiking adventure that reveals the most stunning settings, from the glistening lochs of Glen Affric to the wild seascapes of the Outer Hebrides and breathtaking Isle of Skye. Our trails bring us through historic Glencoe, among the rock pinnacles of the Quiraing and mystical Callanish Standing Stones, and to the jagged mountains called the Black Cuillins. Along the way, we listen to a local storyteller, meet a weaver on the Isle of Harris, sample fresh-caught scallops and salmon, sip fine single-malt whisky at a traditional distillery, hear tales of the Campbells and the Macdonalds, and enjoy the warm welcome of the Scots. Our accommodations include two elegant country mansions.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Loch Ness / Glen Affric

Our hikes bring us along Loch Ness, where we keep an eye out for Nessie, and into Glen Affric, Scotland’s most beautiful glen, with its ancient Caledonian pinewoods encircling silver lochs (lakes). On one evening, we’ll be entertained by a local storyteller—joining a beloved tradition of Scottish culture.

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Days 3-5
Outer Hebrides / Harris and Lewis / Callanish Standing Stones

Ferrying to the beautifully wild Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, we hike along coastal cliffs to a village of traditional thatched houses, then end our day at the magical Callanish Standing Stones, a monumental site older than Stonehenge and steeped in legend. On Harris Island, the beaches, machair (flower-carpeted meadows), and mountain tracks all offer us delightful hiking, and we meet a Harris Tweed weaver to learn about the island’s traditional hand-loomed fabric.

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Days 6-7
Isle of Skye / Quiraing / Cuillins

Skye is an extraordinary place, with its fairytale landscapes and haunted castles, and our hikes explore the spires of the Quiraing and the brooding Black Cuillins, among the most spectacular mountains in all Britain. Famous full-bodied single malt whisky is made on this island and we’ll head to a traditional distillery to sample it.

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Days 8-10
Glencoe

The hidden glacial valley of Glencoe was the site of the epic battles of the Campbell and MacDonald clans, and we soak up the legends as we hike among the valley’s mystical moors, waterfalls, and woodlands. Depart on Day 10 via Inverness.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike along Loch Ness, in beautiful Glen Affric, and in the “lost valley” of Glencoe
Discover the wild landscapes of the Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye
Gaelic legends, heather-covered hills, dramatic seascapes, and stunning mountains, including the incredible rock pinnacles of the Quiraing
Visit the amazing Callanish Standing Stones, one of the most complete stone circles in Europe
Enjoy atmospheric accommodations, including two magnificent country estates
Taste whiskies, meet a traditional weaver, hear a local storyteller

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6395  
Arrive: Inverness, Scotland
Depart: Inverness, Scotland
Lodging: 9 nights hotels and historic inns
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

9 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 3-7 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike)

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